Comprising young pianists Hui Ling and Julie Kuok, the HK Duo (H for Hui and K for Kuok) will give a two-piano concert in October.
To mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of the French composer Claude Debussy, the duo will perform Debussy's "Printemps", originally a piece for orchestra and women's chorus. Kuok will also pay tribute to the composer by performing her new work, "Image - the Reflection of Don Juan". The duo will also perform Mozart's "The Magic Flute" Overture, Liszt's "Reminiscences de Don Juan", Shostakovich's "Concertino" and Holst's "Mars, Venus, Mercury & Jupiter" (from "The Planets").
In 2000, the Beijing-born Hui Ling met Hong Kong-born Julie Kuok at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, where they formed the HK Duo. The contrasting personalities add to the duo's exciting chemistry in music, including their own compositions and transcriptions. The duo have been Artists-in-Residence at RTHK Radio 4 and have collaborated with the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong. Their appearances abroad have included performances at the Waterford Arts Festival in Ireland, the Shanghai Spring International Music Festival and the Asia Grand Piano Concert held in Korea and Malaysia.
"Two-Piano Concert by HK Duo" is part of the Debussy Year celebration programme presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. It will be held at 8pm on October 9 (Tuesday) at the Theatre, Hong Kong City Hall. Tickets priced at $110 and $160 are now available at URBTIX outlets, on the Internet and by credit card telephone booking. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and their minders, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (limited tickets for students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come, first-served basis). A maximum discount of 25 per cent is offered for the "Our Music Talents" booking package.
For programme enquiries, please call 2268 7321 or visit www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/Programme/en/music/00000403.html. Ticketing enquiries can be made on 2734 9009 and credit card telephone bookings on 2111 5999. Tickets can also be booked online at www.urbtix.hk.
Ends/Monday, September 10, 2012